Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi is a mid-range hotel which opened on April 15th 2017 in a quiet area just south of Kyoto Station. Like other branches of the Sotetsu Fresa Inn chain, this branch offers reasonably priced accommodation with all the essential facilities. The hotel’s staff are multilingual, and have already acquired a growing reputation for their friendly attitude and extra-helpful service. However, this hotel’s strongest feature is its location.
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi is just a 5 minute walk away from Kyoto Station and so it is super convenient for local transportation. There are also plenty of shopping and dining facilities nearby and airport limousine bus services are just 3 minutes away in front of the Kyoto Avanti shopping mall.
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi has a range of guest rooms with single, double and twin beds, and a universal double room for disabled guests. There are also some connecting rooms for up to four guests which consist of two neighboring rooms linked by a door, one with twin beds and another with a double bed. In addition there are some “Priority Double Rooms for Ladies” which have special products such as a facial steamer, hair curling tongs, and a hot air brush.
All beds are fitted with Serta brand mattresses to ensure guests can have an especially comfortable sleep. Rooms are cosy and compact, and extremely clean and tidy with a simple and contemporary interior style. All rooms are non-smoking.
All guest rooms are fitted with an air conditioner and heater, a small refrigerator, an LCD TV with paid video-on-demand, a work desk, mobile phone chargers, an electric kettle with tea and coffee making facilities, a combined air purifier and humidifier, an ionic hair dryer, nightwear and slippers.
All rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a bath tub and shower and supplied with a full set of towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, bath salts, dental kits, and shaving razors. Extra free amenities for ladies can be picked up at reception. Free high-speed internet access is available in all the guest rooms and public areas of the hotel. Guests will receive a secure electronic key card upon checking in which they can use to access their room.
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Breakfast & Local Dining
A buffet style breakfast is served each morning on the ground floor from 6.30 to 10.00 with last entry at 9.30. The buffet includes a wide range of dishes to suit every taste. Western style items include eggs, sausages, salads, freshly baked bread, cereals, yoghurt, coffee and juices. There are also plenty of local options such as pickles, tofu, and obanzai side dishes, with rice and white miso soup which you can enjoy with bancha green tea from Kyoto’s famous Nishiki Market. Breakfast costs 1,200 yen.
For lunch or evening meals there are large number of restaurants in the Kyoto Avanti shopping mall and in the Kyoto station building which are both just a short walk away from the hotel. There is also a convenience store right beside the hotel where guests can buy cheap rice balls, sandwiches, extra snacks and drinks.
Other Services & Facilities
The staff at the 24 hour reception desk are extremely friendly, eager to help, and they speak English.
Luggage can be stored at the reception desk before checking in and after checking out.
Ladies’ amenity kits with a variety of creams, lotions, moisturizers, and cleansers are freely available at the front desk. Guests can also help themselves to other amenities for men, bath salts, and teas.
Between 15.00 and 23.00 complimentary coffee is available for guests upon their arrival.
There are computers in the lobby area which guests can use freely to access the internet. Copying and printing services are also available for a fee. Laptop computer can also be rented at 1,000 yen per night.
There is a laundry on the ground floor with a coin operated washer and dryer.
Drinks vending machines on the ground floor contain soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and snacks. There is also an ice-making machine, and an ice bucket can be borrowed from reception.
A range of other items, such as irons, trouser presses, bottle openers, extension cords, reading lamps, extra blankets and pillows can be borrowed from reception.
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi Location Map
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi is a 5 minute walk from the south exit of Kyoto Station. This location is convenient for sightseeing at Toji Temple, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Railway Museum.
There are also two shopping malls nearby. Kyoto Avanti is 2 minutes from the hotel and offers a good mix of clothes stores and dining facilities. Aeon Mall Kyoto is an 8 minute walk west of Kyoto Avanti, and has a broad range of retail stores, a cheap eateries, an amusement arcade, and a cinema.
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi is very convenient for local transport and for access to southern Kyoto. However, if guests would prefer to stay in a more central location there is another branch of this hotel called Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma which offers very similar service and room rates.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.